Harborough’s Frances Quinn came back from criticism to impress the judges on last night’s episode of the Great British Bake-Off.
Judges on the hit show, Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, found fault with the 31-year-old’s apple and blackberry crumble trifle in the first task, saying it needed less custard and cream.
And there was more bad news in the technical challenge as Mary quipped that Frances’ meringue islands were in ‘meringue no-mans land’, before rating her eight out of the eleven remaining bakers.
But she shined in the third ‘showstopper’ task as her Nutcracker Suite-inspired bake of gingernut crackers with sugar plum fairy cakes won praise.
Mary told her: “They look enchanting and they complement each other. A very good bake. What more could we ask for?”
Two contestants were kicked off last night’s show, including Wellingborough dentist Deborah Manger.
Frances made it safely through to next week’s challenge, when the remaining bakers will be asked to tackle tarts and pies.
The Great British Break Off is BBC2 on Tuesdays at 8pm.